A total hip replacement is used to replace painful, damaged hip joints. This surgery is very successful resulting in improved mobility and increased ease in performing activities of daily living. This surgery consists of replacing the ball of the femur (thighbone) and a stem component. The worn socket is smoothed out and a new socket is put in its place.
The day after surgery the rehabilitation team, a physical therapist and an occupation therapist, will start you on the road to recovery.
The physical therapist will instruct you in safe positions for transfers in and out of bed, chairs and car. You also will be taught correct techniques for ambulating with an assistive device to allow comfortable walking during your recovery. Exercise to facilitate you regaining range of motion and strengthening for your new hip will be initiated.
An occupational therapist will introduce you to safe positioning techniques for completing your self-care activities. They will also identify and teach you how to use appropriate assistive devices for dressing, bathing and toileting, so excessive pressure on your new hip can be avoided.
Once you are discharged from the hospital your doctor will refer you to outpatient physical therapy at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center to continue progressive ambulation, balance, strengthening and range of motion. This will allow you to improve your ability to care for yourself and return to pain free activity.